Anyone who has ever moved a valuable collection of anything knows it can be both problematic and anxiety ridden. But when it comes to getting your wine collection from point A to point B, there are some simple and effective ways to insure that your beautiful bottles and their delicious contents arrive in perfect order.
Calculate the Value. The best way to figure out the monetary value of your collection is by working with an appraiser. If you haven’t used one before, we recommend checking with your favorite local wine merchant, insurance company or realtors. It is also good to take a few photos of your more precious vintages.
Check the Laws. Some states have “dry laws” and or restrictions on how much alcohol can be brought into their state for personal consumption. Finding this information out on the front end can help to avoid hassles when crossing state lines.
Think Temperature. Many experts argue that the most important aspect of wine transport is temperature. A fluctuation of more than approx 5 ?F can pull air into the bottle and compromise its integrity. Ideally, wine should be stored at 55 ?F at a 70% humidity level. This is an important aspect to consider during transit. While avoiding moving your collection during the hottest and coldest seasons of the year is valuable, you may also consider scheduling a climate controlled van.
Package Properly. Corked wine should be packed on its side or upside down during your move. It is also recommended to allow it a few weeks to sit so that the sediment can re-adjust and the wine can return to its natural pre-moving state of grape filled glory.